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    - S T A R S E N D : 0 3 . 1 0 . 0 2 - The creation of music is often either a reaction to influences outside of one s self or the sonic manifestation of
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      - S T A R ' S E N D : 0 3 . 1 0 . 0 2 -

      The creation of music is often either a reaction to
      influences outside of one's self or the sonic
      manifestation of forces stirring within. So when the
      group Spacecraft is asked, "do you compose from the
      outside in or the inside out?" they can best explain
      their process simply by pointing out their album

      Tony Gerber, Giles Reaves, John Rose and Diane Timmons
      play together as Spacecraft. Their album INSIDE THE
      INSIDE is a concert recording from the 19 May 2001
      Gathering in Philadelphia. Over the years the group
      has gained much insight into the complexity of the
      live environment. This setting offers them the
      opportunity to shed all vestiges of technique and
      exist in the spontaneity of the moment, reacting only
      to what they are each perceiving, hearing and feeling.
      The event becomes an experiment, the success of which
      relies on the variables of the venue, the abilities of
      the musicians and the interconnectedness of the group.
      For Spacecraft, rehearsing is the hard work - the
      actual public performance is where they relax.

      The music on INSIDE THE INSIDE is produced with
      electronic instruments but is really the product of a
      group dynamic; each member intuitively exchanging
      positions between prominence and background, spotlight
      and shade, with no two performances being exactly
      alike. The tracks "Madden's Farm" and "Return", with
      their multi-layered, interlocked sequencer patterns
      beneath shifting harmonies and lite synth melodies,
      are prime examples of classic spacemusic. The
      remainder of the album finds, Spacecraft wandering out
      into the night, improvising and inventing the space as
      they pass through it. Each member of the group has
      their moment and mood; voices rise and harmonize,
      sweeping synth tones mingle and diverge, a plucked
      guitar grounds us to a terrestrial landscape and the
      sound of the night centers the listener with its
      reassuring chirps, peeps and buzzes.

      Part impulse, part plan, INSIDE THE INSIDE is
      concerned with the relationship between these four
      musicians, their emotions and what they share of it
      with the audience.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from
      INSIDE THE INSIDE, the latest live album by

      For more on Spacecraft, access:

      For more on the Spacecraft performances at the
      Gathering, access: http://www.thegatherings.org

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